Junk food laws might help slow childhood obesity

August 13, 2012 9:52:19 AM PDT
Laws curbing the sale of junk food and sweet drinks could play a role in slowing childhood obesity.

Researchers at the University of Illinois-Chicago found children gained less weight from fifth through eighth grades if they lived in states with strong, consistent laws as opposed to state with no laws governing snacks in schools.

Also, overweight children in fifth grade were more likely to reach a healthy weight by eighth grade if they lived in states with the strongest laws.

The study appears in the journal Pediatrics.


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